About the conference:

The international conference “Aesthetics of Music” was held for the first time in 2023 as a part of the Nišville Jazz Festival 2023. This interdisciplinary gathering has brought together aestheticians and philosophers of music, as well as sociologists, musicologists, music theorists, and music critics. At this meeting, theorists from different parts of Europe and the region – Poland, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, and Serbia – presented the results of their research on music.

The special guest of this year’s conference was Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Guczalski, head of the Department of Aesthetics at the Institute of Philosophy of the famous Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Guczalski’s primary area of research is the philosophy of music. He is the author of several books in the field of aesthetics (including the book „The meaning of music – meanings in music. An attempt at a general theory against the background of Susanne Langer’s aesthetics“), and he published his papers in the world’s greatest journals, such as The British Journal of Aesthetics and Philosophia.

Conference "Aesthetics of Music"


  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč
  • International Conference “Aesthetics of Music”, Klub Prejaka Reč

The program of the 2023 conference

10.08. (PROGRAM IN ENGLISH)

15:20-15:30 Opening words – the director of the festival Ivan Blagojević and the conference organizer Dušan Milenković


15:30-16:00 Krzysztof Guczalski (Krakow, Poland) – “On two paradigms of emotion in music”
Discussion (10 minutes)
16:10-16:40 Mihailo Antović (Niš, Serbia) – “From Beethoven to Keith Jarrett: Multilevel Grounding of Musical Meaning”
Discussion (10 minutes)

Coffee break (15 minutes)

17:05-17:35 Ana Hofman (Ljubljana, Slovenia) – “Music and Activism:The Post-Yugoslav reflections”
Discussion (10 minutes)
17:45-18:15 Rastislav Dinić (Niš, Serbia) – “Metallica’s “One”: Heavy Metal as Philosophy”
Discussion (10 minutes)
18:25-18:55 Dušan Milenković (Niš, Serbia) – “Should there be an aesthetics of world music?”
Discussion (10 minutes)

General discussion (15 minutes)

11.08. (PROGRAM IN ENGLISH)

16:00-16:30 Ivar Roban Križić (Vienna, Austria) – “Performative Probing: Reflections on Improvisation, Theory, and Artistic Research”
Discussion (10 minutes)
16:40-17:10 Matija Vigato (Zagreb, Croatia) – “Inner Music as a Metaphysical Problem”
Discussion (10 minutes)

Coffee break (15 minutes)

17:35-18:05 Jan Defrančeski (Zagreb, Croatia) – “On the Musical Structure of Nature: From Aesthetic Experience to Environmental Ethics”
Discussion (10 minutes)
18:15-18:45 Bojan Blagojević (Niš, Serbia) – “What is it like to be Music?”
Discussion (10 minutes)

General discussion (15 minutes)

12.08. (PROGRAM IN SERBIAN)

16:00-16:30 Dragan Žunić (Niš, Srbija) – “Estetsko nagoveštavanje smisla u muzici”
Discussion (10 minutes)
16:40-17:10 Đurica Stojanović (Niš, Srbija) – “Muzika i građanska neposlušnost”
Discussion (10 minutes)
17:20-17:50 Miloš Jovanović (Niš, Srbija) – “Popularno pravoslavlje: muzika i kulturna hegemonija u Srbiji”
Discussion (10 minutes)

General discussion (15 minutes)

Coffee break (15 minutes)

18:30 – 19:00 Melanija Pović Jagarinec (Zagreb, Hrvatska) – Promocija emisije “Svijet jazza” na Hrvatskoj radio-televiziji (HRT)


About the organizer:

Nišville Jazz Festival realizes this conference in cooperation with the Cultural Club “Prejaka reč“, and the editor of the program is Dr. Dušan Milenković, an assistant professor at the Faculty of Philosophy in Niš.

Dušan Milenković is one of the few theoreticians who deal with the aesthetics of music in the region. He defended his Ph.D. thesis, “The Role of Form in the Aesthetics of Popular Music,” at the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad. He is the author of over 20 papers in the field of aesthetics, a member of the Steering Committee of the Serbian Association for Aesthetics, and one of the founders of the European Network for the Philosophy of Music.

Conference "Aesthetics of Music", Dusan Milenkovic